Carpeting your home is an investment, so it makes sense that you want to keep your carpet looking its best for as long as possible. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and you may find yourself with a difficult stain on your beautiful carpet! In today’s post, we will discuss some of the most common stains you might get on your carpet and what you can do to remove them.
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Mud is one of the most common stains you may experience with your carpet, especially if you have pets, children, or a dirty job. Luckily, mud is one of the easier stains to clean up. First, start by removing any excess mud from your carpet with a paper towel. As you remove the mud, it’s important to blot at the stain instead of rub, as rubbing can force the mud deeper into your carpet or spread the stain to a larger area. Once you’ve cleaned up most of the excess mud, apply a solution of ½ teaspoon dishwashing detergent and a cup of warm water to the stain. Using a damp cloth, blot at the stain once the solution has had time to penetrate the fibers. Once you’ve blotted up most of the solution, apply a small amount of white vinegar to the stain and blot it one more time. The final step is to apply water with a damp sponge to help rinse the solutions, blot at the stain, and weigh down a pad of paper towels to absorb the remaining moisture.
Urine is another common stain that you might experience, especially if you have pets. Not only can urine leave an ugly mark on your carpet, but it can also start to smell if it’s left untreated. To clean urine off your carpet, first, absorb as much of the liquid as possible with a towel. If the stain is old, start by blotting at it with a damp, cool cloth. Next, use a spray bottle to saturate the stain with a solution of one part white vinegar mixed with one part water. After spraying the white vinegar solution, you will also want to apply a solution of ½ teaspoon clear, mild, non-bleach detergent mixed with 32 ounces of water. Rinse the area with water and blot dry.
Wine is a stain that is tougher to get out than most, so much so that some people refuse to drink red wine if they have a white carpet. Luckily, there is an easy solution to help eliminate wine stains from your carpet. All you have to do is mix together one tablespoon of ammonia with one cup of water. Spray the solution on the carpet and blot dry. However, if you have a wool or wool-blend carpet, create a solution of mild detergent and water instead.
If the ammonia solution doesn’t work, you can try a solution of one part bleach to five parts water, but only on solution-dyed carpets. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that you should NEVER mix a solution of ammonia and bleach, as the two chemicals react to create a toxic gas.
Candle wax is another stain that can be difficult to remove if you don’t know the right tricks, the reason being because candle wax doesn’t respond to water and other solutions. To effectively clean candle wax from your carpet, you must first use an ice cube to harden the wax. Once the wax has hardened, use a blunt object, such as the back of a spoon, to shatter the wax. You can then use a vacuum to clean up the pieces before they start to melt.
If freezing the wax doesn’t work, another solution is to cover the stain with brown paper and use an iron to melt the wax. This method may seem like the opposite approach you want to take, but as the wax melts, the brown paper will work to absorb it, leaving you with a clean carpet.
If you have children, or just really love fruit juice, you’re not a stranger to the mess that a small drop of fruit juice can make, especially if it’s on your carpet. You may do your best to take the necessary precautions, but as we mentioned above, accidents happen, even to adults. When fruit juice spills on your carpet, the first thing you should do is cover the stain with dry baking soda. The baking soda works to soak up the moisture so it doesn’t penetrate deep into the fibers of your carpet. Once the baking soda has soaked up most of the juice, vacuum it up. You can rinse the remaining baking soda with a damp sponge, but be careful not to over-wet the spot. Next, blot at the stain. After blotting up most of the moisture, apply a solution of one teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent mixed with one cup of water. Let the solution sit for a minute or two before using water to rinse it out of the carpet as you did earlier with the baking soda. Blot the area dry and proceed by applying a dry powder carpet cleaner to the area. Follow the instructions on the package, and finish by vacuuming up the powder.
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These are just a few of the stains you might experience, but if your carpet has seen better days that not even spot treatments and regular cleaning can fix, Gateway Design & Home in Loveland is here to help! We offer various flooring options to meet all your needs, whether you’re looking for flooring for your kitchen, dining room, bedroom, living room, and more! Explore our website to learn more about the different types of flooring we have available and stop by our showroom in Loveland today.